The 9/11 Anniversary Issue

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 16.884% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

Newsweek has a two-page spread showing all of the al-Qaida terorists we’ve killed since 9/11.  I guess it’s supposed to make us feel like we’re making progress, but me?  All I can think of is, “Gosh, we’ve sure killed a lot of people in our attempts to keep ourselves safe.”  And then I think how many of those people have been replaced, and it just depresses me.
I mean, al-Qaida is definitely weakened.  That’s good.  But holy shit, we’ve had to massacre swathes of people to do it.  I can’t really take pride in that.
Also, in that same issue, it’s pretty clear that when Obama made the call to get bin Laden, the odds were only about 50/50 that bin Laden was there.  If he’d been wrong, we would have pissed off Pakistan mightily, probably gotten some soldiers killed for no reason, and had a military fiasco to possibly rival Carter’s Iran hostages debacle.  So give the Prez credit; he made a tough damn call, and made it right.
(And yes, despite the previous section, I can still feel glad that bin Laden is dead. I am vast, I contain multitudes.)

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